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We would do the Hull and Dover routes (possibly others) and these would be open to any members. You would have to register as a member of the club and would then be issued with a membership card.
The Dover routes have good deals for group bookings as does P&O Hull. Any group bookings over 10 and the minibus goes free.
The Social Club would be non-profit but would require a small donation from any members using the minibus to donate to the 'maintenance fund' to keep the minibus in tip-top condition etc. Because the minibus would be insured for any driver over 25, we can see no reason why any member cannot take the minibus themselves without us if they so want. Obviously we'd have to 'know' these members.
We see the logistics of this being quite easy to do even though we are based in Yorkshire. Say you are planning a trip on the Dover route and live further down South. Then we'd send a driver down with the minibus and you pay for the fuel and this driver would then perhaps come with you (if there are spaces) or you can put them up in your home till you get back. Anyway, you get the idea.
Our local Normandy Veterans Association are interested because they make various pilgrimages to the Normandy beaches and Commonwealth Graves every year. Any spaces on these trips would be available to members. Be warned though ... these old boys can be a handful(they smoke and drink). On one of their trips, one of their comrades passed away ... and they put him on the coach to bring him home ... without telling the driver! The police pulled them over on the motorway!
We have to stress that these baccy trips will be for legitimate cross-border shoppers only! There will be no limits on the amount of tobacco you purchase for personal use. We expect you to be fully prepared and adhere to all our advice for any hassle from UKBA/BF you may encounter. I sincerely doubt UKBA/BF will be prepared for us!
So that's what we are considering. We'll keep you informed of any developments ... and NO, the minbus won't be like this:-